Growing Up With Hearing Loss
Other Assistive Devices
Read this page to learn about things that will help your child be safe and more independent.
Some of these devices help your child do everyday things.
With them, your child can talk on the telephone or watch TV.
Other devices alert your child with a signal that she can see or feel. They may shake her awake in the morning, or flash lights in an emergency.
- For some children, voices on the telephone are just too quiet. But some can talk on the telephone if the voices are louder.
- The amplifier may be attached to a regular phone or can be built into a special phone. It may also be built into a handset, which you can attach to any other phone.
- A TTY lets your child use the telephone. TTY stands for telephone typewriter. It's also called a TDD, or telecommunications device for the deaf.
- Instead of saying words into the telephone, you type them onto the TTY's keyboard.
- A person with a TTY can call another person with a TTY. Or if your child wants to call someone who doesn't have a TTY, she can use her TTY to call the relay service. The relay operator then calls the person your child wants to talk to and tells them what your child typed on the TTY.
- People who don't have TTYs can use the relay service to call deaf people who do have TTYs.
- Learn more about TTYs by reading this TTY tipsheet.
In the classroom
Your child's school may give your child these services. Ask the school representative at your child's IEP meeting. Make sure they are included on your child's IEP.
To keep in touch with others
- Keep in touch with your child with a pager.
- Most pagers vibrate and have a screen for messages.
- You can send a message to the pager.
- The vibration will tell your child that he has a message. The screen will show your message.
Learn more about other assistive devices: